On July 10, guitarist Lage Lund, joined by Chris Potter on saxophone, Orlando La Fleming on bass, and Jochen Reuchert on drums, performed original jazz compositions for a packed audience on The Pocantico Center’s outdoor stage.
Lage Lund is acclaimed not only as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, but also one of the most compelling jazz artists in the world today. Born and raised in Norway, Lund relocated to Boston after high school on a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. In 2002 he moved to New York and soon became the first ever electric guitarist to enroll at the Juilliard School of Music. Lund has since released four albums on the Criss Cross label, including Unlikely Stories and Idlewild.
The July performance marked the start of a weeklong music composition residency for Lage (“LAH-guh”) at Pocantico, cohosted by The Jazz Gallery. After playing “Brasilia,” a rhythmic work composed in its namesake Brazilian city, Lage explained that he often names his works for the locale where they are written. With a week of playing and writing ahead at The Pocantico Center, Lage suggested his next piece just might bear a title inspired by his surroundings in the shadow of Kykuit on the banks of the Hudson River.
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About The Jazz Gallery:
The Jazz Gallery was founded in 1995 with a mission to support and cultivate jazz in the present by supporting the most exciting new artists and reflecting a wide range of international cultural traditions to enrich the art form. The Jazz Gallery serves as an international cultural center where the youngest generation of emerging professional jazz musicians are nurtured with opportunities to collaborate with their peers, discover and refine their creativity, and perform in front of eager audiences. Since 2002, the Gallery also has been actively engaged in commissioning new work by emerging composers, many of whom have gone on to be recognized with major grants, awards, and more.